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Nationwide is adding distracted driving feedback to help increase customer safety

Distracted driving is dangerous, and cell phone use while driving is a major factor. Phone distractions decrease awareness on the road, leading to more car crashes.

Many people think they are good multitaskers, but that’s actually a myth, especially when it comes to cell phone use while driving. Drivers who text when behind the wheel, are twenty-three times more likely to have an automobile crash. Even when talking hands-free, drivers can miss seeing up to half of what’s around them because they are engaged in a cell phone conversation. Consider these facts:

  • By 2025, 4,000 people per year will die from smartphone distraction-related crashes. By that time, half a million crashes will be associated directly with smartphone distraction
  • While the pandemic has caused people to drive fewer miles in 2020, motor vehicle deaths were up 20% in the
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How to support local businesses in the new normal

This article originally published on GoDaddy’s OpenWeStand.org website.

Small businesses across the country have been drastically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll, 70% of small businesses are concerned about long-term financial hardship while 58% worry about having to permanently close. With small businesses teetering on the edge of failure, other entrepreneurs are stepping in. Local business owners can help each other out and build each other up during this pandemic.

While some companies might technically be your competitors, it’s important to focus on collaboration over competition: we’re all in this together. Here’s how to support local businesses and protect small businesses as an entrepreneur.

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Buy from local vendors

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5 Dryer Maintenance Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Following regular maintenance will help your appliance run efficiently and safely. Ignoring regular dryer maintenance may pose a fire hazard. Failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Below are several dryer tips for properly caring for your dryer:

Ensure proper installation
Be sure to have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional. Check your manual to ensure that your electrical outlet is appropriate for your plugs. If you have a gas dryer, have it inspected by a professional to make sure the gas line and connection are working properly and don’t have leaks.

Clean the lint filter
Always clean the lint filter before drying each load of laundry. If you are drying a new item that creates a lot of lint, such as a bath towel or bath mat, consider drying it for half a … Read more

8 tips for restaurants to thrive in the new normal

This article originally published on GoDaddy’s OpenWeStand.org website.

Restaurant owners have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Historically, restaurants have depended on serving food to people indoors and in person, but with the lingering threat of the novel coronavirus, small business owners have had to adapt.

For months, some restaurants pivoted to offer takeout only, or provide delivery services. Others closed down entirely, hoping for the pandemic to end quickly. Now, both types of restaurants are trying to reopen, while managing new stay-at-home orders and constantly shifting customer expectations.

How can you thrive as a small business in this “new normal” of COVID-19?

How restaurants can thrive in the new normal

We don’t have all the answers, but these tips can help your restaurant thrive in these uncertain times:

1. Pivot your model

Your initial business model has probably changed a great deal since the pandemic hit.

If you
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